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Happy Halloween Laughs

I love Halloween and I love dogs! Put the two together and I’m giddy. So forgive the deviation from topic but this just made me smile from ear to ear. Oh, what our dogs tolerate!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Dieting Religion

Dieting as religion

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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of binge eating disorder treatment; a Coach who specializes in helping people overcome binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out  Life Coaching & Members’ Circle, Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present). She is a Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Change Holiday Tradition

Uncook Turkey

In Loving Remembrance of My Dad and Stepdad

Father's Day-Dad's Cooking

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Ellen Shuman is a pioneer in the field of Binge Eating Disorder; a Life Coach who specializes in helping people overcome emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder, and food addiction. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Binge Eating Disorder Treatment (1993-present), A Founding Member and Past President of BEDA; The Binge Eating Disorder Association (2011/2012), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”. For information about Coaching Services, contact ellen@aweighout.com, 513-321-4242.

Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke with Mediterranean Eating!

From now on, to everyone who says to me, “If I’m not on a diet, I don’t know how or what to eat”, here’s what I’m going to suggest. Learn how people in the Mediterranean tend to eat– because now we have proof that if you’re in the high risk group, you can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart disease by following their lead.

In a large and rigorous study, researchers found that when people at high risk for heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease switched to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, even moderate amount of wine with meals, they reduced their cardiovascular risks by 30 percent, even when no weight loss (or gain) occurred!  The findings were so clear, the scientists stopped the study after five years…saying the benefits were irrefutable.

The study, just published in The New England Journal of Medicine, funded by the Spanish government’s Instituto de Salud Carlos III and others, concluded, “Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events.” Here’s a link to the study Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet

Here’s a bit more detail about the foods eaten, from an article in the New York Times, Mediterranean Diet Shows to Ward off Heart Attacks and Stroke

“One group assigned to a Mediterranean diet was given extra-virgin olive oil each week and was instructed to use at least  four tablespoons a day. The other group got a combination of walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts and was instructed to eat about an ounce of the mix each day. An ounce of walnuts, for example, is about a quarter cup — a generous handful. The mainstays of the diet consisted of at least three servings a day of fruits and at least two servings of vegetables. Participants were to eat fish at least three times a week and legumes, which include beans, peas and lentils, at least three times a week. They were to eat white meat instead of red, and, for those accustomed to drinking, to have at least seven glasses of wine a week with meals.

They were encouraged to avoid commercially made cookies, cakes and pastries and to limit their consumption of dairy products and processed meats.”

Here are the basics of a Mediterranean Diet from the Mayo Clinic website. You can also find many books about the Mediterranean Diet on Amazon.

This is exciting news…cardiovascular health risks reduced by 30% in people at high risk…regardless of weight change…a big leap ahead for those of us who promote a health-focus vs. a weight-focus!

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, Immediate Past President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

Wishing you A Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthier Body Image!

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

How to Rewrite Holiday Traditions

Life Turns on a Dime

This morning I was feeling very happy…pretty much smiling from ear to ear…

I was emailing back and forth with a colleague, Dr. Deah Schwartz , creator of the workbook and DVD, “Leftovers; The Ups and Downs of a Compulsive Eater“. She lives in California. I live in Ohio. Yesterday, during a phone conversation about the 2013 Binge Eating Disorder Association Conference, we accidentally discovered that we went to high school together on Long Island; we were even in the same homeroom at Hewlett High School!  Big school, but such a small world!  (Later, I’ll write about Deah and I sharing identical memories of school weigh-ins and excruciating back-to-school-clothes shopping trips.)

A few hours later, I’m reeling…

I called another high school friend; Frieda…to tell her all about Deah…and instead of sharing my fun news, I heard something shocking. Frieda told me she has just been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia…she is at City of Hope , feeling sick from chemo, in prep for a bone marrow transplant. In tears, she told me she can’t believe that one minute, two weeks ago, she had a back ache and now she is fighting for her life.

Frieda and I met in junior high and were camp counselors together during the summer. I’ve written about Frieda before in this blog. She’s my health conscious, “normal” eating friend who once asked me if her ‘addiction’ to kale and mangoes made her an emotional eater. It doesn’t :-).  Every time I buy kale, I think of Frieda. She introduced me to it and taught me how to cook it. I got ‘addicted’ to it, too.

If asked to describe her, I’d say Frieda is one of the most content, grateful people I know. The daughter of holocost survivors, happily married with two great kids, she once told me day-to-day irritations all got put into perspective when her 5 year old daughter survived kidney cancer.   

Still, for good reason, Frieda feared cancer. Her sister died of it a few years ago; first diagnosed at the very same age as Frieda is today.

Life turns in a dime. Today, I’m reminded to live in the moment; with gratitude and love…and with all those day-to-day irritations in perspective. This moment is what we’re guaranteed. It’s a gift!

I’m going to make Kale for dinner tonight. Frieda, my dear friend, I know you are in skilled healing hands…and you in my prayers…

Love,

Ellen

 

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Ellen Shuman is a Life Coach who specializes in empowering people who are working on emotional and binge eating recovery. She is the founder of A Weigh Out & Acoria Eating Disorder Treatment, President of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), and Co-Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders Special Interest Group on “Health at Every Size”, ellen@aweighout.com

A Weight Loss Support Group That Makes Sense! Finally!

Weight Loss- Talk Each Other Out of Dieting

The Airplane is Overweight

A few weeks ago I flew to BEDA’s Binge Eating Disorder Conference in Philadelphia on a Delta Commuter Jet; a medium-sized jet with four seats across. I was flying from Cincinnati and was excited to see the The Xavier Women’s Basketball Team on board (March Madness!).

It was 9:00pm. Departure had already been delayed two hours (crew issues). The plane was packed. After everyone had boarded, a flight attendant made an announcement. “The plane is overweight.”

You could feel the tension. People started making awkward jokes. A man, whom I believe was the Xavier Women’s Team Coach, pointed to a man I think was an assistant coach and said, “OK, you, OFF the plane.” Everyone on the team laughed. Interestingly, though, I don’t think people were focused or concerned that the plane would crash. Based on the jokes, it appeared people’s minds went where my mind did. I immediately started thinking, “Is it me. Should I get off the plane? Do I weigh too much?”

For the next few minutes, there was a lot of awkward laughter.   In an attempt to lighten the load, the ground crew emptied some fuel. The gasoline truck came and went. Then there was another announcement. “Sorry folks. We’re still overweight. We need three people to volunteer to leave the plane”.

Travel Vouchers were offered. Only one man jumped up to accept. The attendant made the announcement again, and then again.  No takers. Minutes passed. Discomfort increased, so did the value of the Delta Vouchers…now up to $600. offered to anyone who would get off the plane.

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